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UOW is one of the best modern universities in Australia. We connect over 30,000 students from more than 130 nations to learn and discover. We’re young, we’re smart and we work hard enough to be ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world. Join us and see how far you can go.

UOW graduates have the skills employers want. We’ve been rated in the top 100 in the world by employers for nearly a decade. You’ll learn how to learn, how to turn theory into practice, and how people with different skills work together.

YOU’RE IN CONTROL Take control of your life like never before at UOW. Choose your degree. Choose a major. Choose elective subjects, and make exactly the study program you want.


BE SOMEONE YOU’RE PROUD OF Challenge yourself and come out on top at UOW. Tackle big ideas in your degree, push yourself and travel the world on international exchange, bring your learning to life with a UOWx program such as mentoring local students.

Study where the brightest people take the time to learn your name. You’ll be more than a number at UOW, and be taught by world famous educators and researchers. Outside of class, you’ll be part of a campus culture defined by fun and friendship.

1. Good Universities Guide 2015 2. QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 4. QS World University Graduate Employers Survey 2014/2015

3. QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2014

FIVE REASONS TO STUDY ICT AT UOW If you are fascinated by the possibilities that technology can create and want to work in a thriving industry with boundless opportunities, your future could be in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Here are some more reasons why you should consider UOW for your ICT degree.

1. EXCELLENT JOB PROSPECTS Information and Communication Technology underpins everything we do in today’s digital world. Every industry, from manufacturing to finance, to healthcare, agriculture and transport, is transforming and creating demand for ICT talent. A degree from UOW will provide you with the skills needed to meet these demands and you will graduate as a robust, wellrounded and highly-skilled ICT professional.

2. COMPUTING FOR HUMANITY OR #TECHFORGOOD As an ICT graduate you have great potential to shape the world and use your tech skills for good. By studying at UOW you will be exposed to and can get involved in groundbreaking projects such as PetaJakarta and the Sustainable Building Research Centre. If you are entrepreneurially minded, our strong connections with iAccelerate can help you put your ideas into action.




We place a strong emphasis on industry links to ensure our programs remain agile and relevant. In a fast paced and rapidly changing industry you can rest assured that your degree from UOW is future-proof.

Our degrees offer practical learning through our work experience programs and laboratory experience, so you graduate with the appropriate skills and knowledge to make you industry ready. The final year team project gives you an opportunity to showcase your work at the annual Trade Show.

Studying IT at UOW offers you a worldclass learning environment even between classes. By joining the Wollongong IT Society you will become part of a vibrant and engaged community. Socialise, work together on exciting projects, and gain exposure to industry - from small startups to tech giants.

Our School of Computing and Information Technology works closely with industry to ensure that programs are relevant and that graduates are well positioned to be leaders in their respective fields. Many of our students have secured employment well before graduation. They earn high starting salaries and are in strong demand.



BACHELOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE ATAR 75 DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February), Spring (July) LOCATION Wollongong ACCREDITATION The Bachelor of Computer Science is accredited by the Australian Computer Society as meeting requirements for membership at a ‘Professional Level’. UAC Bachelor of Computer Science (Dean’s Scholar) 754110 Digital Systems Security 754105 Enterprise Systems Development 754108 Mobile Computing 754109 Software Engineering 754107 CRICOS 012088K / 081898D DS

Computer scientists focus on the theoretical foundations and practical approaches to computation and its applications. They design methods and tools and write programs for computer applications. These applications can include computer systems to control machinery, information management and big data, applications for mobile devices, stock market trend analysis, games design, visualisation of chemical reactions, neural network design, computational geometry for robot navigation, patient monitoring in hospitals, and much more.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY Core subjects in the Bachelor of Computer Science teach you to understand the structure of data and the role it plays in delivering solutions to complex problems. The degree incudes a core of programming and problem-solving subjects as well as electives in databases, programming languages, artificial intelligence, computer and cyber security, computer graphics, operating systems, real-time software, software engineering, internet technology, and so on. In third year you’ll develop your own application as part of a student team, developing solutions to real-world problems. You will specialise by choosing one or more of the following majors. You can add flexibility to your qualification by adding a second major, enrolling in a double degree or taking subjects from other disciplines.

“During my final year at UOW I went on a 12-week internship at Facebook’s Menlo Park campus in California, USA. I got to work on their configuration management, which is responsible for configuring huge numbers of servers and keeping Facebook online and responsive. This all led to a full-time job offer!

“The campus at UOW—with its big open, natural spaces—is what sets it apart from other universities. It’s something these big IT companies try and do too, because that’s where people prefer to work. That’s where you can do your best work. You can take your laptop, get outside, and get some work done in the sun.”

SAM DUNSTER Bachelor of Computer Science (Mobile Computing) 2014 Production Engineer, Facebook, California, USA



Information and cyber security is becoming increasingly important for everyday life: we want technology to protect our digital information such as IDs, assets and data security, and to secure email and online privacy for individuals, homes, families and offices. Employees with skills in information and cyber security are in strong demand across all sectors: from banking to finance, insurance, retail, government and defence, all fields where there is sensitive data and information that is at risk of being hacked and breached via the internet.


Enterprise systems development is critical for developing better computer technology for more effective business solutions. Enterprise systems development focuses on the creation of software systems that use large scale, mixed-platform, distributed computing facilities required by large commercial and government organisations.


Mobile computing is part of the fabric of everyday life: from banking to shopping, to providing health care. Mobile computing focuses on the development models, technologies and techniques that deliver mobile content and services. It addresses four key areas within this rapidly changing arena: design for usability principles, distributed systems, internet technology, and mobile application programming. The challenge for a mobile computing developer is to create elegant, technically excellent solutions that meet the needs of many users and are transferable across many platforms and devices such as mobile phone, tablets and wearable computers.


Games technology experts have both traditional computer science skills as well as creative skills, including visualisation, interaction and communication techniques. Games technology experts work in the entertainment industry developing interactive computer games as well as in the broader fields of multimedia and digital media. Areas of employment include games design, games programming, software design and development, multimedia applications development and web systems development.


Software engineering incorporates all the aspects of software production from the business strategy to the design and coding, testing, quality and management of large-scale, complex software systems. Software engineering is about multi-person development of multi-version software that is large and complex, such as the Windows, Linux and Android operating systems, office software, and flight control systems.

CAREERS Computer science graduates are in high demand with exceptional career choices in a wide range of sectors. Â Positions are varied and include: software engineer, project engineer, software consultant, systems architect, senior designer, multimedia designer, systems administrator, games developer, development and test manager. Computer scientists and software engineers are everywhere, making an impact in business big and small, finance, telecommunications, games and simulations, government, data management, security and surveillance, broadcast, the NBN, water and environmental management and much more. ICT


BACHELOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ATAR 75 / 95 (Dean’s Scholar) DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February), Spring (July) LOCATION Wollongong ACCREDITATION The Bachelor of Information Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society as meeting requirements for membership at the ‘Professional level’. UAC eBusiness 754300 Network Design and Management 754301 Web Design and Development 754303 Social Policy 754302 CRICOS 061445K / 081894G DS DS Dean’s Scholar available

A UOW Information Technology degree will provide you with the skills to make a company more productive and efficient through the use of IT and to establish an online presence with e-commerce capabilities. Information technology underpins almost every sector of modern business and leisure.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY The Bachelor of Information Technology provides foundation knowledge of organisational areas in IT, including: ƒƒ Database management ƒƒ Programming ƒƒ Information systems analysis and design ƒƒ Communications and networks

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Security eBusiness Project management Web-based technology Professional practice in IT

In your final year you will develop your own application as part of an annual student team project, developing solutions to real-world problems provided by our industry partners.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE You will undertake an eight-week work placement during the degree.

”Growing up I was continuously fiddling with computers (and only sometimes putting them back together). Really, I was just learning how it all works. During my degree I was lucky enough to be awarded a Westpac Corporate Scholarship, which included a 10-week paid internship. This led to a full-time job as an IT Asset Analyst before I even

graduated. Now I make changes to our process, policy and systems that affect over 35,000 people! UOW helped me develop the programming and analytical skills critical to my day-today work. But I gained so much more. At UOW I learned how to approach a problem and I gained skills that can be carried into any field.”

RORY CHATTERTON Bachelor of Information Technology (Dean’s Scholar) (eBusiness) Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre) (2015)



Our ability to conduct business online is increasingly an essential feature of any organisation’s operations. It helps us to streamline business processes and open new markets for products and services. With eBusiness tools we can better manage internal processes such as financial and administration systems, and improve external processes such as sales and marketing, supplying goods and services, electronic transactions, and developing effective customer relationships.


Every major company in the world now relies on networks to survive. Network designers allow us to share data, applications and they connect us to peripherals such as printers, digital cameras and mobile devices. They allow us to work together in different buildings and cities, from home or while travelling the world. Network managers ensure networks operate reliably, that their performance or speed is adequate, and that they are secure by using firewalls and user authentication. They ensure data is stored securely and cannot be accessed without proper authorisation. By studying network design and management you will develop the skills necessary to build or manage networks to support businesses and governments in a competitive global market.


With more communication and commerce being conducted online than ever before, the web provides incredible opportunities for businesses and individuals working in web development. Web design has become an integral part of our personal and business lives. Animated graphics, key words, user interface design, usability testing and easy to use information flows give customised websites a competitive edge in today’s digital media economy. Web designers and developers create visual architecture for the web using code that is clean, maintainable, user-friendly and responsive to changing business needs and customer requirements.


Businesses and governments around the world are struggling to develop policies on emergent issues, including privacy, hacking and computer crime. A major in social policy develops an understanding of these and other social issues associated with the growth of ICT and the web.

CAREERS IT graduates are in high demand in every industry all over the world. Movies, games and multimedia; radio, television and print media; fashion and decorating; mining and engineering; banking and finance; medicine and healthcare; agriculture, fishing and forestry; resource management and the environment—IT professionals are everywhere. You will acquire strong programming skills in Java, C++ and Unix/Linux that allow you to work across all fields of industry. Learn from experts in the field and benefit from our strong industry links with industry leaders including Apple and Google.



BACHELOR OF BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS ATAR 75 / 95 (Dean’s Scholar) DURATION 3 years STARTS Autumn (February), Spring (July) LOCATION Wollongong ACCREDITATION The Bachelor of Business Information Systems is accredited by the Australian Computer Society as meeting requirements for membership at the ‘Professional Level’ UAC 754500 / 754510 DS CRICOS 068718M / 081888F DS DS Dean’s Scholar available

Business information specialists can analyse business problems and find possible IT solutions for them. This could mean running an efficiency audit on a company’s information systems, analysing the effectiveness of a file management system or developing a sales and invoicing software. Business information analysts are involved in the analysis, design, implementation, maintenance and enhancement of computer based information systems critical to the successful operation of modern organisations. They require a sound understanding of the business requirements to develop information systems and solutions to meet identified business needs and must deal with users at all levels within an organisation.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY Your studies will be anchored in systems analysis, design, and implementation of computer programs. In addition to strong interpersonal skills, you will develop a solid understanding of the organisational, social, and data management aspects of business, which will allow you to work effectively in any organisation. You will learn to assess the needs of end-users and effectively communicate these to designers and programmers. In your final year you will develop your own application as part of an annual student team project, developing solutions to real-world problems provided by our industry partners.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE You will undertake an eight-week work placement during the degree.

CAREERS This course is specifically designed to prepare you for a career as a systems analyst or as an information systems specialist in a business, government, or a non-profit environment. Careers are varied and include building and managing global networks, or managing a systems development project worth millions of dollars.

”My biggest role model is Anita Borg, an American computer scientist. She strove to have women equally represented and in 1997 she founded the Institute of Women and Technology which is still running today. I have known for a few years what I have wanted to do after high school. I’ve always been interested in IT and did it as an elective throughout my high school

education and it became one of my favourite subjects. Having diversity in the Tech world is so important – women can bring a different perspective that shapes and influence the disciplines – they have a greater understanding of what woman want and what appeals to other women and that can be very important.”

MONIQUE FELIX Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Design and Management, e-Business)


WOMEN IN ICT Women account for fewer than one in five domestic students enrolled in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) degrees in Australian institutions and make up a similarly low proportion of the ICT workforce. According to the Australian Government Department of Employment, occupation projections—five years to November 2019—for ICT professionals will increase by 16.1%*, and with employers committed to increasing the number of females in the the technology industry, now is a great time for women to consider a career in ICT. Second year UOW Bachelor of Information Technology student Monique Felix said diversity in the technology sector was important and women brought different perspectives that shaped and influenced the disciplines. “My advice to girls wanting to study information technology is to not be afraid and not to let others deter you,” she said. “The industry isn’t the way it used to be and more women are getting involved. It’s an ever changing industry and each day there is always something new and interesting.” UOW is committed to supporting and encouraging females to study ICT through special initiatives such as the Women in Engineering and Information Sciences Scholarship, and by providing a support network for women interested in engineering and IT. We work closely with ICT Illawarra, iAccelerate and the Wollongong IT Society to help make UOW a welcoming and inspiring place for women in information technology.

*Department of Employment 2015 Employment Projections



SCHOLARSHIPS The program of scholarships and prizes has been built by working with a range of commercial and community partners. Together we help our most academically gifted students achieve their potential. Our scholarships include Work Integrated Learning Scholarships (WIL) many of which are treated as recruiting exercises. If you excel in both the practical and the academic components of your scholarship, you may be granted priority in the organisation’s graduate recruitment program.




Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship

$3,000 for first year


Engineering and Information Sciences Academic Achievement Scholarship

$3,000 for first year


Engineering and Information Sciences Academic Excellence Scholarship

$3,000 p.a. for 2 years


Tibra Capital Corporate Scholarship

$7,000 for first year


Tibra Capital Work Integrated Learning Scholarships

$15,000 for 2nd or 3rd year students


University of Wollongong Undergraduate Scholarships

$4,000 p.a. for duration of degree


Emagine International Work Integrated Learning Scholarship

$5000 for 3rd year student


Mindtree Promising Minds Scholarship

$10,000 for 3rd year student


Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Young Technologists Scholarship

$5,000 p.a up to 5 years


Women in Engineering and Information Sciences Scholarship

$3,000 for 1st year


DEAN’S SCHOLARS Dean’s Scholar degrees are designed to provide an enriched education experience, and to encourage high achievers to continue on to studies in Honours and research. As a Dean’s Scholar you receive the following special privileges • $500.00 per annum study grant (maximum $1500) • Extended library access • Participation in research earlier than normal through Scholar research projects • Opportunity to apply for competitive summer research scholarships


OTHER DEGREES YOU MAY LIKE This booklet is just a sample of the degrees on offer at UOW. Here are a few more from different study areas that may interest you.

Bachelor of Mathematics The Bachelor of Mathematics degree teaches highly transferable skills in problem solving, data analysis, probability and variability, mathematical modelling, logistics and logic. The degree is flexible, so you can take up to one third of your subjects from other disciplines to expand your career options.

Bachelor of Engineering Engineers design and create solutions to improve everyday life, from the large scale to the nano-level. You will study a common first year to learn about the different engineering fields before majoring in Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental or Materials Engineering. UOW’s engineering programs are accredited by Engineers Australia and relevant world engineering bodies through the Washington Accord.

Bachelor of Business The Bachelor of Business is a flexible degree offering a broad education across all key aspects of the business environment. In addition to studying the essential core disciplines of accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing, you can tailor your studies according to your interests by choosing electives from a particular Business discipline, or you can combine Business electives with subjects from other disciplines.

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